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White Sox 5, Yankees 0: Miguel Gonzalez returns the favor

Seven scoreless innings help Sox answer shutout with shutout

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I split this one between audio and TV with a gap in between, so another bullet-point recap:

*The White Sox rode the finest start of Miguel Gonzalez’s Chicago career to their fifth straight series victory, returning the favor after suffering a shutout on Tuesday. Gonzalez threw seven shutout innings, limiting the Yankees to five hits and a walk while striking out three. He only dealt with two baserunners in the first inning, and he struck out Mark Teixeira to escape that jam.

*The toughest test came in the fifth inning, when Didi Gregorius went from first to third on Chase Headley’s groundout to Tim Anderson because the shortstop had ranged over to the other side of second on a shift, and nobody covered third. Gonzalez got Aaron Hicks to pop out and induced a groundout from Jacoby Ellsbury to end it.

*He also survived a couple of hard-hit balls at the end of his night. Gregorius kept hope alive with a ground-rule double to right, and Headley followed with a laser ... right to Adam Eaton.

*Eaton contributed to Gonzalez’s cause, throwing out Ellsbury at second to start the third for his 13th outfield assist of the year.

*Michael Pineda was just as tough for most of his six innings, but the Sox blitzed him for four runs in the second, and all crossing the plate with two outs. Avisail Garcia shot a single through the left side for one, J.B. Shuck sliced a ground-rule double to left ofr another, and Tim Anderson grounded one past Headley for a two-run double to give the Sox a sudden 4-0 lead.

*The Sox tacked on one more in the sixth. Melky Cabrera walked, went from first to third on a Todd Frazier hit-and-run and scored on Brett Lawrie’s fielder’s choice to short.

*An off day tomorrow allowed Robin Ventura to use his better relievers with little concern. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless eighth, yielding the last two outs to David Robertson with a runner on. Robertson gave up a single, then almost got out of the game with a double-play ball, but Joe Girardi challenged the 4-6-3 and the first half of it was overruled.

*Robertson brushed off the six-minute delay by striking out Headley to end the game.

*The Yankees outhit the Sox 8-5, but the Sox were 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while the Yankees were 0-for-8.

Record: 44-41 | Box score | Highlights